12 VEBDICT OX IXDIA. were even, 'unseeable/ and must hide themselves by day, only coming out when there were clouds over the moon. If these 60 million — (nearly equal to the total white population of the British Empire) — were regarded by their own brethren as a good deal lower than the lowest animals, how eould they be described, by a Westerner, as * Indians' ? They could not both be Indians. Or could they ? It was all very puzzling.1 Let us leave the Hindus for a moment and turn to the Muslims, How many of them ? Nearly 100 million. And we do not have to ask them if they are Indians, for they are shouting it at the top of their voices. " We are India !' they cry. ftWe are the only race, apart from the British, who have ever established a great Indian Empire ! And we want our Empire back ! It may not be an Empire of all India — (though some of us have our own ideas about what we shall do when we have the power) — but at least it will be Muslim. It will be as free as we can make it from the taint of Hinduism, which is not only a different religion, but a different culture, a different social system. And this Empire we shall call Pakistan ! " Pakistan ! Pakistan ! AYhat does it mean — this strange unborn Empire that exists only in the form of a dream ? Later on, we shall try to analyse it : in the meantime it is enough to note that the cry of * Pakistan' threatens to clrown all others in the Indian babeL So if the Muslims are 'Indians/ it would seem that the Hindus are not. And if the Hindus are * Indians' it would seem that the Muslims are not. These vast bodies of men are so acutely con- scious of their differences that they not only refuse to eat together or think together, or pray together, they refuse even to live in the same unit of territory. They want their own geography as well as their own history ; they want their own earth as well as their own heaven. On the lips of the vast majority of them such a phrase as Civis Indianus sum would sound grotesque, 1 In spite of the much publicized declarations of 3tr. Gandhi and the strenuous of their leader. Dr. Ambedkar, to say nothing of British legislation, the of the Untouchables m India is still almost as deplorable as it has always been.